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Victoria Domestic Violence Support

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Victoria - Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service
The Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service is the Victorian State-wide service for women experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone else you are close to. The WDVCS is staffed by women and you can call confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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Victoria - Domestic Violence Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria Inc. (DV Vic) is a value driven peak advocacy organisation committed to the rights of women and children to live free of violence. It comprises a membership of Women's family/domestic violence services operating across the state of Victoria

Victoria - Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Vic)
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Vic) is a statewide service, funded by the Department of Human Services, Victoria. They provide initial telephone support, information and referral to services to assist people who have experienced family violence. Ph (03) 9486-9866 Mon-Fri 9-5. They also provide supportive online information to help people who have experienced family violence

Victoria - The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria)
The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) was established in October 2002 to provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault and to work with families and communities affected by violence

Victoria - Women's Health West Family violence support
If you are affected by family or domestic violence, you do not have to cope alone. Help is available. There are a wide range of services available in the Western Region and statewide to support both adults and children who are affected by family and domestic violence

Victoria -A Right to Respect [PDF 1525KB]
Victoria's Plan to Prevent Violence against Women 2010�2020 (DPCD Office of Women's Policy)

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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